There’s nothing worse than buying a bunch of delicious food only to throw it out a week later because you weren’t able to finish it…instead of wasting your hard-earned cash (or, well, mom and dad’s) put it to good use and repurpose some common foods that go bad quickly!
1. Stale Bread = Bread pudding
Rock-hard moldy bread is particularly unappetizing. However, if you cut out the moldy parts, soak the bread in a custard and throw the mix in an oven, you’ll get a crunchy and moist dessert. Check out this link for creative bread-pudding recipes.
2. Stale Cereal = Crunchy granola
If you weren’t able to finish a whole box of cereal and it lost it’s crunchiness, fear not! Mix some add-ins and stick it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350°F. Let the granola cool to harden and pack tightly.
3. Stale Crackers/Chips = Bread crumbs
Crumble up old crackers or chips finely and use as you would any regular bread crumbs. Use goldfish for that special pop of artificial orange.
4. Cheese Rinds = Soup flavoring
Instead of throwing out cheese rinds, put them in stocks and stews to give a depth of flavor. Take out before serving, of course.
5. Roasted Vegetables or over-ripe fruits = soup or purée
For any vegetables that are no longer good to eat fresh (or that have been hanging around in your fridge for a bit too long), just stick them in a blender with some water and seasonings of your choice and blend it up until the mix is smooth and creamy. Do the same with nearly bursting fruit and use as a sauce to top ice cream or cakes. Look at this carrot soup recipe or this broccoli cheddar soup for inspiration.